Title: The Hermit
Author: Ray Holland
Website of Author: http://greatbigdog.com/
Front Cover: Sandra Dittmeier
Genre: Inspirational / humour / mild bizarro
Length: 244 pages
Reviewer: Sassy Brit
In the second part, like soup, the plot heats up and thickens when we meet the Hermit himself. A man who has clearly been on his own for too long, but is very good at what he does best; hiding from the rest of the world. Through meditation and contemplation, and passing his hermit exams with flying colours, he aims to reach The High Plane of Astral Everythingness, consisting of 142 steps to enlightment. Quite a few more steps than say, the zen approach, don't you think? All the hermit wants is to be left alone, which is what he is trained for, but strange things happen to a hermit in his meditative world, which is different to ours. For example a stream of chicken soup flows under The Bridge of Constant Focus. Anything is possible when you are under the influence of carrot wine or you are a hermit in a meditative trance. During one of his episodes he connects to the Mayor's daughter and unwillingly gets involved in a way that could threaten his whole hermit existence. Never before has an anti-social loner been found so curiously attractive!
In the magical, slapstick world of The Hermit this vibrant cast throws caution to the wind and slaps the fickle face of conformity. It's a comical, entertaining read, which fits snugly inside the genre of the Bizzaro kind - without moving over to the darkside for grotesque horror, mindless violence or lewd sex thrills-- but there is a mention of "a case of plastic puddles of vomit" and the Mayor's daughter does indulge in lots of "bouncy-bouncy".
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